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Toyota Group to develop smart house complexes - The Daily Yomiuri

Toyota Group to develop smart house complexesThe Daily YomiuriThe group's housing company, Nagoya-based Toyota Home, will develop the smart houses, which will be equipped with solar panels that allow residents to use power more efficiently.
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Apple TV Could Become A Home For HomeKit Smart Devices

Apple TV Could Become A Home For HomeKit Smart Devices | IUCUNDUS | Scoop.it
Apple's HomeKit is still in its earliest days, with the connected home framework technically shipping with iOS 8 but not offering up any consumer endpoints to..
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Schneider launches new management system for smart homes - Arab News

Schneider launches new management system for smart homes - Arab News | IUCUNDUS | Scoop.it
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, launched U.motion, a personal LifeSpace management system providing secure and energy efficient automation and control features for smart
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Marvell's Internet of Things (IoT) Solution Powers Smart Home Leader Broadlink ... - MarketWatch

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Cisco sells off smart home division Linksys - Silicon Valley Business Journal

Cisco sells off smart home division Linksys - Silicon Valley Business Journal | IUCUNDUS | Scoop.it
Cisco sells off smart home division Linksys
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Linksys, which has about 400 to 450 employees, makes products for smart homes, such as routers and connectors that can link TVs or game consoles.
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Secondhand Smoke Riskier than Cholesterol

Secondhand Smoke Riskier than Cholesterol | IUCUNDUS | Scoop.it
The Marlboro man's secondhand smoke can infiltrate the bloodstream leaving behind coronary artery plaque at rates greater than deposited by cholesterol, researchers found.

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This is good reason not to hang out with folks who smoke. You are doing your best to stay alive and well and they are slowly killing you.

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How the 'Fiscal Cliff' Affects Healthcare

How the 'Fiscal Cliff' Affects Healthcare | IUCUNDUS | Scoop.it

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2% payment cut on top of the 27% payment cut already slated to take affect to Medicare providers on January 13, 2013.

 

$2.5 billion reduction in money for reasearch to the National Insititue of Health. Research would need to be curtailed.

 

2& cut to TRICARE which provides healthcare to actice members of the military.


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Self employment – being your own master! | Kuza Biashara Blog

Self employment – being your own master! | Kuza Biashara Blog | IUCUNDUS | Scoop.it

Self employment – being your own master!


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Men's views of abortion depend more on social class and circumstances than on fixed beliefs, interviews reveal

Interviews of unmarried men living with female partners revealed that their opinions on whether to terminate an unwanted pregnancy were more dependent on financial and personal circumstances than on moral views about abortion.

 

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Many men would love to have the child and parent but feel that they are not given a choice although the child is half their genetic material.


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Mixcloud Blog» Blog Archive » Mixcloud 3rd Bday Style Update

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"Insights into Leadership & the Politics of Gender via the book, The End of Men: And the Rise of Women by Hanna Rosin to be published in Britain in October"

 

At the local Women's Exchange of Washtenaw Forum 2012, one of our Open Space group discussions was on the Politics of Gender.  This intriguing book brings up good points about the shifts & changes in our disruptive, social media charged, globally connected world.    

   

The photo set, including several public photos, is here:  Women, Empowerment at WXW Open Space Exchange Forum2012   ~  Deb

  

__________________________
  
“All the things we need to be good at to thrive in the world…are things that my female friends and competitors are better at than me.”

__________________________

   

Excerpted - from the Economist, Sept. 2012:

   

Women dominate university attendance around the world.

   

In South Korea more women than men pass the foreign-service exam, which has sparked the foreign ministry to implement a minimum quota for men.      In Brazil nearly a third of women earn more than their husbands, a phenomenon that has caused men to form church support-groups calling themselves “Men of Tears”.     Ms Rosin, an editor at Atlantic, whose book grew out of an article she wrote for the magazine in 2010, highlights how women today are excelling, while men founder.     As part of her research, she travelled to many corners of America, including Auburn-Opelika, Alabama, where women’s median income is 40% higher than men’s.       

The financial crisis has been especially unkind to men: three-quarters of the 7.5m American jobs lost in the recession belonged to men and were in traditionally masculine industries, such as construction, manufacturing and finance.

   

“Probably no one has had their wife move up the ladder as far as I’ve moved down,” says one man.     Another, who is annoyed that his girlfriend earns more than he does, complains, “All the things we need to be good at to thrive in the world…are things that my female friends and competitors are better at than me.”

  

__________________________

  

The new service-based economy rewards communication and adaptation, qualities that women are more likely to have.

__________________________

    


Ms Rosin highlights the deterioration of the male-in-the-workplace condition.

    

The new service-based economy rewards communication and adaptation, qualities that women are more likely to have.       Only about 3% of men have taken over raising children full-time while their wives support their families.       Instead, many men, especially young ones, have retreated into a world of video games, drinking and prolonged adolescence—a phenomenon identified in “Guyland”, a 2008 book by an American sociologist, Michael Kimmel.

 

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Marketing Is Dead -- Story Is Now

Marketing Is Dead -- Story Is Now | IUCUNDUS | Scoop.it
In our social media-infused world, traditional marketing logic just doesn't work.

 

I had earmarked this article to share with you awhile ago and just found it again when cleaning up my emails. Better late than never!

 

Here's what I love about this post -- it makes no bones about the fact that marketing is changing. And if you haven't gotten with the program, get on board quick!

 

Now, I don't agree that ALL traditional marketing techniques are dead. But the author Bill Lee sure does make a great case explaining how things are changing. And his statistics are riveting.

 

And I also like that he shares with us what we need to do to stay with the curve:

Getting into community marketing Identify and promote customers that bring value (and not just based on how much they buy) Help your customers build social capital Involve your customers in creating solutions together

 

What's story got to do with it? Stories are the way the points above happen. It's all about the stories you share, listen to, promote, ask for, engage with, and retell. And hint hint -- these are your customer stories mostly!

 

Go read the article for all of Lee's insights. This will post will definitely get you thinking differently.

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it ;


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15 Of The Sharpest Up And Coming CEOs In Silicon Valley

15 Of The Sharpest Up And Coming CEOs In Silicon Valley | IUCUNDUS | Scoop.it

Here's the Tech CEO best of the best list via Business Insider. Tech startups CEOs give a great view of what's next.

 

Here's two from the full list that were quite fetching in ingenuity and business style.  It's also an easy to browse, via click, article. ~  Deb

 

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Jamie Wong speaks multiple languages and has spent her life traveling the world. Now she's building a startup that makes it much easier for everyone to do the same.]

 

Vayable basically shortens the process of planning a vacation from 30 hours down to about 5 minutes. It makes it easy to plan "experiences," like touring the Louvre with a French student instead of riding a tour bus around town.

 

Patrick Collison's Stripe has become the go-to provider for accepting payments online. It makes it dead simple to add a way to pay for things on just about any app.

 

That's great for other founders, because payments are typically the most tricky part of building an application, and can take months to finally get off the ground. With Stripe, it's just a few lines of code.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/25-hot-ceos-of-silicon-valley-startups-you-cant-afford-to-ignore-2012-8?op=1#ixzz258nSrsMH


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Why We're All Addicted to Texts, Twitter and Google

Why We're All Addicted to Texts, Twitter and Google | IUCUNDUS | Scoop.it
Dopamine makes you addicted to seeking information in an endless loop.

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SmartThings adds Logitech Harmony support to make smart homes more ....

SmartThings adds Logitech Harmony support to make smart homes more .... | IUCUNDUS | Scoop.it
PCWorld (blog) SmartThings adds Logitech Harmony support to make smart homes more ... PCWorld (blog) Ever wish the TV would turn on right when you came home from a long day at work?
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Samsung reveals Home Smart Home

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Tomorrow Samsung Electronics New Zealand will reveal their Home Smart Home project, a waterside concept home that can be redesigned to adapt to any occasion.
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Mother is a smart home platform that adapts to your needs - Gigaom

Mother is a smart home platform that adapts to your needs - Gigaom | IUCUNDUS | Scoop.it
The Mother hub offers a different approach to the smart home that’s more about intelligence and less about automation. We review the $300 system here.
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Veterans Will Get 'Smart Homes' - News Chief

Veterans Will Get 'Smart Homes' - News Chief | IUCUNDUS | Scoop.it
Veterans Will Get 'Smart Homes' News Chief Sinise appeared outside the Tampa Bay History Center on Wednesday to announce the 12 severely wounded service members across the country selected to receive specially adapted "smart homes" that will ease...
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Custom Housing Trends Considered by Trinity Custom Homes - MarketWatch (press release)

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MarketWatch (press release) Custom Housing Trends Considered by Trinity Custom Homes MarketWatch (press release) According to the article, smart homes are both viable and popular options for homebuyers in 2013: "No longer the domain of science...
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5 Habits of Highly Effective Communicators - Forbes

5 Habits of Highly Effective Communicators - Forbes | IUCUNDUS | Scoop.it
It's no secret that good leaders are also good communicators. And the best leaders have learned that effective communication is as much about authenticity as the words they speak and write.

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Here's a quick article with very good advice. It's not about story structure, or the elements of a compelling story. It is instead all the things you need to think about BEFORE you launch into a story.


Like -- does your story match your actions? Or is there some misalignment there. 


Are your stories making the complex simple -- or are they still too convoluted with details and side-tracks?


This article applies whether you are a leader in an enterprise, or a small biz owner. 


And I love that the article ends with a focus on listening -- which is truly the heart of great storytelling!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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Study finds effective storytelling uses a four “I” approach

Study finds effective storytelling uses a four “I” approach | IUCUNDUS | Scoop.it

Kim Gaskins reports the results of a study entitled The future of storytelling: Immersion, integration, interactivity, impact that she and Neela Sakaria conducted for Latitude, a full-service international research consultancy. www.latd.com


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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 4, 2012 11:31 AM

I originally passed up on the original article cited here because its focus was on transmedia storytelling. And I also passed on the research outcomes reported here by Latitutde on the Futue of Storytelling.


But I like this article because it translated the original work on transmedia storytelling into a business application that wasn't just about marketing. The author, Lenn Millbower, focuses on bringing the lessons of storytelling and transmedia work into corporate training/ knowledge transfer.


The 4 'I's listed in the post are right on. Storytelling has always had immersive qualities to it for the last 100,000 years. Immersion is critical in learning. The other 'I's are equally important.


It is a quick article with good insights -- so go grab all four of the 'I's.


Now the reason I ignored the Latitude research project was because it is basing its opinions about the future of storytelling based on the people it polled -- gamers and such. Hardly a representative group. I didn't find their insights interesting. But if you want to read it yourself, follow the link to the research that's provided in this article.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling atwww.scoop.it/t/just-story-it


The thank you fellow curator Gregg Morris @greggvm for finding this article and sharing it!

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The fatal car crash that altered China's change of leadership

The fatal car crash that altered China's change of leadership | IUCUNDUS | Scoop.it

The infamous, and fake:  “Thank you. I'm well. Don't worry,” on a Chinese social networking site marked the beginning of the end during  leadership succession last month. ~ The Scotsman

 

This cautionary tales provides an anatomy of fractured succession in the high echelons of Chinese political leadership. ~ D

 

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...the crash had more momentous consequences, altering the course of ...once-in-a-decade leadership succession  

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The brief comment, published in June, appeared to come from Ling Gu, the 23-year-old son of a high-powered aide to China’s president.  Tt helped quash reports that he had been killed in a Ferrari crash after a night of partying.

 

However, later it came out the message was false, posted by someone under Mr Ling’s alias almost three months after his death.

 

The ploy was one of many that tried to suppress news of the Ferrari crash that killed Mr Ling. It is now clearer that the crash had more momentous consequences, altering the course of the Chinese Communist Party’s once-in-a-decade leadership succession last month.

 

China’s departing president, Hu Jintao,  suffered a massive reversal of his own when party elders – confronted him with allegations that Ling Jihua, his closest protégé and political fixer, had engineered the cover-up of his son’s death.

 


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Smart Money For Smartphone-Controlled Smart Homes: TechStars Alum ... - TechCrunch

Smart Money For Smartphone-Controlled Smart Homes: TechStars Alum ... - TechCrunch | IUCUNDUS | Scoop.it
Smart Money For Smartphone-Controlled Smart Homes: TechStars Alum ...TechCrunchThat was fast: Mobiplug Networks, a startup focusing on smartphone-controlled smart home technology, which was featured only in August as part of TechStars' most recent...
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Female muscle, the Changing Politics & Economy of Gender, Women in Leadership

Female muscle, the Changing Politics & Economy of Gender, Women in Leadership | IUCUNDUS | Scoop.it

"Insights into Leadership & the Politics of Gender via the book, The End of Men: And the Rise of Women by Hanna Rosin to be published in Britain in October"


At the local Women's Exchange of Washtenaw Forum 2012, one of our Open Space group discussions was on the Politics of Gender.  This intriguing book brings up good points about the shifts & changes in our disruptive, social media charged, globally connected world.    

   

The photo set, including several public photos, is here:  Women, Empowerment at WXW Open Space Exchange Forum2012   ~  Deb

  

__________________________
  
“All the things we need to be good at to thrive in the world…are things that my female friends and competitors are better at than me.”

__________________________

   

Excerpted - from the Economist, Sept. 2012:

   

Women dominate university attendance around the world.

   

In South Korea more women than men pass the foreign-service exam, which has sparked the foreign ministry to implement a minimum quota for men.    In Brazil nearly a third of women earn more than their husbands, a phenomenon that has caused men to form church support-groups calling themselves “Men of Tears”.   Ms Rosin, an editor at Atlantic, whose book grew out of an article she wrote for the magazine in 2010, highlights how women today are excelling, while men founder.    As part of her research, she travelled to many corners of America, including Auburn-Opelika, Alabama, where women’s median income is 40% higher than men’s.    

The financial crisis has been especially unkind to men: three-quarters of the 7.5m American jobs lost in the recession belonged to men and were in traditionally masculine industries, such as construction, manufacturing and finance.

   

“Probably no one has had their wife move up the ladder as far as I’ve moved down,” says one man.   Another, who is annoyed that his girlfriend earns more than he does, complains, “All the things we need to be good at to thrive in the world…are things that my female friends and competitors are better at than me.”

  

__________________________

  

The new service-based economy rewards communication and adaptation, qualities that women are more likely to have.

__________________________

    


Ms Rosin highlights the deterioration of the male-in-the-workplace condition.

    

The new service-based economy rewards communication and adaptation, qualities that women are more likely to have.     Only about 3% of men have taken over raising children full-time while their wives support their families.     Instead, many men, especially young ones, have retreated into a world of video games, drinking and prolonged adolescence—a phenomenon identified in “Guyland”, a 2008 book by an American sociologist, Michael Kimmel.

 

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10 Reasons to Leave a Relationship

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How To Know When It's Time To Go...

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Leadership Challenges: Embrace paradoxes to move forward

Leadership Challenges: Embrace paradoxes to move forward | IUCUNDUS | Scoop.it

"This provocative post highlights current business paradoxes challenging leaders:  change or remain stable, complexity versus simplicity, growth and sustainability and more."

 

After seeing evidence of our increasingly VUCA world, one that is growing in its Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous characteristics, this useful list of paradoxes resonates.  Does it resonate to your experience?

 

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Leaders must find ways to deal with this complexity and embrace and manage it to achieve simplicity.

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Excerpted:

  

Paradox 1: growth versus sustainability

Growth as it is currently defined tends to result in an unquestioned and unchecked consumption of resources. Sustainability considerations are generally considered to put a major strain on growth ambitions.

 

The way forward is innovation, but another paradox present itself:

  

Paradox 2: innovating versus operating

Innovation is increasingly about service, process, business model and social innovation.

However, focusing on innovation does not mean ignoring operations. The trick is that what allows operations to thrive can seriously get in the way of innovation and vice versa.

  

Paradox 3:  change versus continuity

If you try to innovate too many things at once you will end up with chaos, if you do not change at all your organisation will decline. What is the right balance?

  

Paradox 4: collaboration versus competition

Business is inherently competitive yet today, collaboration is common, with most companies having collaborated with their suppliers and their customers. Leading companies are promoting collaboration through crowdsourcing or with competitors.

  

Paradox 5: complexity versus simplicity

Demands on leaders result in increasing levels of complexity, arising from the number of possible, unpredictable interactions between collaborate, compete; change, remain stable; innovation or operational excellence; growth or sustainability. Leaders must find ways to deal with this complexity and embrace and manage it to achieve simplicity.

  

Paradox 6: Heart versus mind

Decisions need to be made in the face of incomplete analysis, unpredictable outcomes and changing circumstances. The foundations for analysis and factual arguments differ from emotional and visionary engagement; people who excel at one are not necessarily particularly good at the other and yet both are needed.

  

Read the full article by Dr Bettina von Stamm here.


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